Yes We Cannabis Rhode Island – Demand Legislation With Expungement, Social Investment of Cannabis Tax Dollars & Equitable Industry Regulations

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WE’RE CALLING ON RHODE ISLAND LAWMAKERS TO PASS A LEGALIZATION LAW THAT INCLUDES:

  • Automatic expungement for prior cannabis records

  • Social investment of cannabis tax dollars in communities harmed by the war on drugs

  • Equitable industry regulations that prioritize the participation of historically marginalized people

  • Total decriminalization through the removal of cannabis from the Rhode Island Controlled Substances Act

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Their Vision

OUR COALITION’S CORE VALUES

Rhode Island’s war on cannabis has ruined lives and harmed our communities. People of color and those from low-income neighborhoods have been disproportionately impacted.

Our partners in the Yes We Cannabis – RI coalition believe Rhode Island must address the harmful legacy of cannabis prohibition and its racially-biased enforcement. Specifically, we urge state lawmakers to pass legislation that:

  • automatically expunges past cannabis convictions;

  • encourages people from disproportionately impacted communities to own and work in cannabis businesses;

  • invests cannabis tax revenue into social programs that support communities disproportionately harmed by cannabis prohibition;

  • ensures that people directly impacted by the criminal legal system are represented and centered in the creation of cannabis industry rules and regulations;

  • decriminalizes cannabis by removing “marijuana” and “marihuana” from the Rhode Island Controlled Substances Act; and

  • prevents unfair discrimination (in housing, employment, family rights, and other areas) against people who use cannabis or who have been arrested for/convicted of a cannabis offense.

 

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